I stumbled upon a clever analysis of player production comparing Eric Staal to (who was at the time of posting) the current assists leader in the NHL, Claude Giroux, by user bandwagon cole canes (bcc) on the Hockey’s Future forums. It’s an interesting take on player production, and kudos to bcc for taking the time to figure out and post the data.
While I take the analysis to be tongue-in-cheek (and ‘Claude Giroux-adjusted’ is simply brilliant), it did make me think about how a great player makes those around him greater.
If we look at Staal’s assists and know a little about the season he’s had, I think Kirk Muller has had him playing with everyone on the team in an attempt to kick-start his season. I like to think I have well-above-average hockey knowledge, but even I don’t know who a good half-dozen of those players he’s dished off to are. If he was having a full season as good as his last half has been, the ‘Canes would be in the playoff picture, and his CG-adjusted statistics would fall much closer to the mean.
Please, if you haven’t already, click on the first link above which will take you to the original post. It’s well worth the read (and try to parse the numbers in your head!) and should make you smile.